Do I need to be a Windows Administrator to use UNetbootin?

Asked by Marco Parillo on 2010-09-14

With the support from Geza Kovacs (Thanks!), I downloaded the latest MS-Windows version of UNetbootin to a non-admin MS-Windows account. I asked for Ubuntu, and took all the defaults. I could tell it wrote an image to the USB thumb drive, but for some reason I could not boot from it. No errors (so a different symptom than Question #97729), just the laptop always booted off the HD, even though USB was first in the boot sequence, and even when I pressed F12 to get to boot menu and chose "Boot from USB". I then logged out of my non-admin account, and into the admin account, and ran the same UNetbootin executable, again asking for Ubuntu, re-downloading the ISO, and again taking all the defaults. Now I can boot into the Live USB just fine. Was it a coincidence, or maybe a bad download, or did I need to be logged in as an administrator?

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Best Geza Kovacs (gezakovacs) said : #1

Yes, you do indeed need to run the application as an administrator. In Windows Vista and 7, you will be prompted for permissions via UAC; unfortunately this isn't done as seamlessly in older versions of Windows where the user is an administrator by default.

Marco Parillo (marco-parillo) said : #2

Actually, even in WinXP (which I used to create my live USB), I was able to create user accounts so I would only login as administrator when necessary. And this is one such instance. Is there a trouble-shooting page I can edit to add this?

Marco Parillo (marco-parillo) said : #3

Thank you for your help. I have updated the Wiki Documentation to reflect your answer.
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